Weekend Preview, June 1-3, 2012

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th this year here in the northern hemisphere, but if you live in the Twin Cities you might argue that is actually starts June 2nd, which just happens to coincide with the beginning of Bike Walk Week Twin Cities 2012. There are a mess of events planned all week, but for now I will just name some highlights and the happenings for the weekend.

Things will get kicked off Saturday with Northeast Ride and Tour de Cure.

Sunday, of course, is Grand Old Day on Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.

I did discover a cool, interesting tidbit going on during Bike Walk Week. There will be a bike counter set up at different locations each day to count passing cyclists. The Center for Energy and Environment website states, “Bicycling Counts is a creative and engaging strategy to educate the Minneapolis community about the impact of individual action in our city and our environment.” The first bike counter will be placed at the West River Parkway bike path across from the Mill City Museum, located at 704 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis. You can find out more about the Bike Counts at The Center for Energy and Environment. To find the counter and track the results, clues will be posted on Twitter at @mncee_myhome using the #bicyclingcounts hashtag, as well as the Minnesota Energy Challenge Facebook page.

There are many events scheduled throughout the work week and another full slate of bike to-do’s next weekend, highlighted by Northern Spark, Greenway Glow, and Urban Assault Ride. BikeMinneapolis with be attending many events and will attempt to encapsulate all the fun shenanigans.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Bike Walk Week Twin Cities 2012 site for all the scheduled events.

You can also see more updates at BikeMinneapolis facebook page and Twitter @BikeMinneapolis.

2011 City of Lakes Loppet

Competitors on the track at 2011 Ice-Cycle Loppet

The Ice-Cycle Loppet took place today at the 2011 City of Lakes Loppet. I have always associated a loppet with a cross-country ski race, so when I heard about an ice-cycle loppet, I had to investigate further. Of course, we all know there are many die-hard cyclists out there in the Twin Cities, commuting on their bikes all winter long. But, just how does a ski race turn into a bike race? The only thing I can figure out is that no fanatical all-weather cyclist in Minnesota will stand to be out-done by a cross-country skier.

More pics at BikeMinneapolis Facebook page